Caps Certification is the National Hockey League’s (NHL) version of Special Olympics. The objective of Special Olympics is to develop and improve the athletic abilities of people with physical challenges that make them eligible for athletic competition. In contrast, NHL players are judged on their performance and skill sets and not their appearance. Caps Certification is an award given to players who have achieved the highest standing amongst the other players in their age group at the annual NHL draft. Unlike other sports, in which players receive league licenses free after they turn eighteen, NHL players must first enroll in a training and development camp if they wish to play in the league.
To be considered for the Caps Certificate, you will need three courses. Two of these are standard courses, while the third one is a beginner’s course. The Caps Special Olympics application and qualification process does not differentiate between standard and beginner’s courses, therefore, all players who wish to join the NHL should complete two of these two courses before they can apply for the Caps Certificate. Players who successfully complete all three courses will be awarded the title “Caps” and given an official Caps Fitness Card. For players who have already completed two of the three courses but are still considered as beginners or are not yet considered to be “Caps”, they will be required to take one more training and development camp before the season begins.
A Caps Special Olympics athlete is considered a member if he or she has achieved a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in their introductory mathematics class. Additionally, players must have taken part in at least one year of a basic nursing program, unless they are applying as a member of a club or special team, in which case they will be required to complete two years of junior high school. If an individual has successfully completed all of these requirements and wishes to join the league as an active player, they will be required to take part in one more camp before they can receive their official Caps Fitness Card. If the player completes the remaining requirements, they will be awarded their Caps Fitness Card and can begin enjoying the benefits of playing ice hockey in the National Hockey League.
Players with an Autism Sports Care certification, however, will be required to complete additional training and meet other criteria before they can become certified aging-in-place specialists. In order to qualify as an Autism Sports Care certified aging-in-place specialist, they will need to have completed the same four courses that standard Caps Special Olympics players must complete, but they will also need to fulfill additional criteria. These additional requirements are outlined below.
One of the many benefits to becoming an aging in place specialist is the ability to provide complimentary home modifications to clients who may be suffering from various senior citizens’ needs. While playing ice hockey, players will be able to work with their special needs family members and friends to complete special exercises that will help improve their mobility and strengthen their muscles. When a person becomes a certified aging in place specialist, they can also work with their team and fans to design special home modifications for their clients, such as ramps for stairs or room dividers to protect their beds. By providing complimentary home modifications and exercises to their clients, aging in place specialists give their patients a chance to live a high quality life while enjoying the benefits of the sport they love. As a result of their work with athletes and their passion for caring for their patients, some certified aging in place specialists have even developed home fitness programs that can help their patients prevent injuries and manage their aging bodies.
Another benefit of becoming a certified aging in place specialist is the opportunity to provide complimentary home modifications and full remodeling services to their clients. Many Caps Special Olympics teams have taken on the role of remodeling clients’ homes and office spaces to make them more accessible and friendly places to live. Through their involvement in the National Autism Sports Festival and the Capstone Project, aging in place specialists can show athletes how to use universal design and house modifications to make their homes safer, easier to move in, and more accommodating to their special needs. In order to become an effective and successful aging in place specialist, a person must be passionate about helping people improve the quality of their lives.
Unlike many doctors and other health care professionals, aging-in-place specialists do not receive any type of professional certification or licensing before they begin working. While this does not mean that they are not qualified and capable of performing the types of medical tasks that they do, it simply means that they have an understanding of how to perform those tasks, which comes from experience and training from other professionals. The training and experience that aging-in-place specialists receive helps them hone their skills and provide the most personalized and comprehensive services possible.
To become a caps specialist, one must enroll in a training program, complete a written exam, and pass a final examination in order to become certified. There are many aging-in-place training programs and seminars available, but there is no national organization that accredits aging-in-place specialists. Instead, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) is the largest professional organization of aging in place specialists. This organization offers two different accreditation programs, one for individuals who are pursuing a career as an aging-in-place specialist as a hobby, and one for those who want to pursue a career as a aging-in-place specialist in a medical setting. Because these two different accreditation programs are recognized by many other health care professionals, many aging in place specialists choose to earn both of their degrees from the same organization, in order to ensure that their education and work experience will be deemed acceptable.